Disney has finally unveiled the release date, pricing, and availability of its upcoming streaming service, Disney+, and it’s surprisingly affordable.
During a keynote, Disney’s Bob Iger took to the stage to announce that Disney+ will be launching in North America on November 12, 2019, and that its base subscription price would be only $6.99. This, of course, undercuts many of its competitors, for example, Netflix costs $8.99.
Iger also unveiled the platforms that Disney+ will be available on, and it’s safe to say that it’ll be available on almost every modern platform imaginable including smartphones and tablets, games consoles, Smart TVs, Chromecast, Fire TV, Apple TV, and of course on PCs and Laptops via browsers.
The launch will, of course, begin in the United States first and roll out gradually overseas. It’ll feature plenty of programming from Disney’s own catalog as well as those acquired during the Disney/Fox merger – including all 30 seasons of The Simpsons. The service will, however, exclude R-Rated movies, which it’ll push over to Hulu. And, Disney claims that within the first year, they hope to produce five original films and TV series’ exclusive to the platform.
It was also confirmed that, at launch, we’ll see the Star Wars spin-off series, The Mandalorian, as we as limited series about Falcon and The Winter Soldier. There’s also a High School Musical… Musical, and a live-action Lady and the Tramp remake. If that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, there’s also a Cassian Andor solo spin-off in the works, as well as a season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a limited series on Loki, and finally a series on Scarlet Witch and Vision (called WandaVision).
Disney also reaffirmed that Disney+ will indeed host the entire Disney and Pixar catalog within the year, as well as all of Pixar’s shorts. There’s also an upcoming short based on Toy Story’s latest toy, Forky, called Forky Asks Some Questions. The service will boast over 5000 episodes of Disney Channel Shows and over 100 Disney Channel Original Movies.
As for Star Wars, the first two trilogies, as well as Rogue One and The Force Awakens will be available at launch, with The Last Jedi and Solo coming a little later. There’s also set to be a ton of National Geographic series’ and Documentaries being added to the service including one called The World According to Jeff Goldblum – yes, really.
It looks like Disney+ is going to be a big hitter when it launches later this year, and will certainly keep Netflix on its toes. Though it’ll be interesting to see how quickly the service is rolled out across other territories.